In case you didn’t know, Natalia is THE only player in the 24 year history of the FIVB Grand Prix to win back to back MVP Award. She is also one of the 4 players in the world to win it twice. The other 3 are Brazilians Leila Barros (1996 and 1998) and Sheilla Castro (2006 and 2009) plus Russian outside hitter Yevgeniya Artamonova Estes (1997 and 2002).
Natalia was also named as one of the Best Outside Hitters together with Zhu Ting of China.
At the post match press conference, Natalia thanked her teammates for the award.
“Our team played very well. I will not be able to win this MVP award without my teammates. I dedicate this to all the team members. I also want to thank my coach for this great victory.”
Below is the 2017 FIVB Grand Prix All Star Team:
MVP: Natalia (Brazil)
Opposite Hitter: Boskovic (Serbia)
Libero – De Gennaro (Italia)
Outside Hitters:Zhu Ting (China) & Natalia (Brazil)
Middle Blockers: Ana Beatriz (Brazil) & Milena Rasic (Serbia)
Setter: Ding Xia (China)
Congrats to all players and to all teams who participated in the last edition of the FIVB Grand Prix!!!
Watch out for the Women’s World League starting next year!